Vacation Weight Gain: 5 Simple Rules (cont.)

When you drink alcohol, the calories add up fast, especially if you are downing those fancy drinks that come with an umbrella. So make a plan for when you'll drink alcoholic beverages and how much you will consume.

Diekman suggests alternating alcoholic drinks with nonalcoholic, noncalorie beverages, so you'll stay well-hydrated and reduce your total calorie intake. And when ordering alcoholic drinks, opt for lower-calorie choices such as light beer, wine spritzers, wine, champagne, or spirits mixed with water or diet mixes.

Vacation Tip No. 5: Pare Down Portions

Even when you're on vacation, portions count if you want to avoid weight gain.

"Enjoy small portions of whatever you like, [and] eat slowly so you taste the food and feel a sense of satisfaction, enjoyment, and relaxation of the vacation," suggests Diekman.

But keep in mind that lingering around the table can lead to overeating. She suggests moving the gathering away from the dining area to a porch, balcony or another location where you can enjoy the beauty of your vacation destination.

If you are among the many folks who like to sit around the table for hours, "remove the plates and food and keep the water glasses full so you are in control instead of the food and beverages controlling you," says Diekman.

Published June 1, 2007.

SOURCES: Connie Diekman, MeD, RD, president-elect, American Dietetic Association; director, university nutrition, Washington University. Dawn Jackson-Blatner, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association.

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